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Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie

Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie (1998)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 6

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This is the large-screen debut of famous (or infamous, depending on your POV) fuzzy purple dinosaur Barney, the oafish character who began a decade earlier on video (selling 45 million units) and then became a top-ranked public TV preschooler show in 1992, followed by 15 million stuffed toys and 25 million copies of Barney books, plus his own attraction at the Universal theme park. The story in this $15 million movie has Mom and Dad leaving son Cody and daughter Abby, plus Abby's friend

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Kids & Family

Stephen White

Sep 1, 1998

PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (17) | DVD (2)

With very little modification, this archly innocuous children's musical could have been marketed as a sequel to Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Although technically superior to the low-rent Barney videos, pic, which was shot in the country near Montreal, still has a bargain-budget look.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This spin-off from the TV series featuring the large purple felt dinosaur of awesome good nature is emetically wholesome.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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To those of us on the greying side of five years old, Barney looks like an eggplant and has a rigor-mortis smile, no shoulders, a huge rear end and the sort of nervous giggle that makes you think he has something to hide.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Barney looks both more real and more magical on video; on film, he's clearly a doofus in a felt outfit.

February 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If you like him on TV, you'll like him here, too.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (5)
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What is it about that big purple dinosaur?

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Although its entertainment value to adults is negligible, it is a safe, harmless bet for families, one parents will neither regret nor fondly remember after it's over.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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A movie this cheerful is destined to be awful to audiences over ten years of age...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Those hoping for more than just a long, outdoor version of Barney's TV show, they will likely be disappointed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

It's all rather clumsy and routine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Really, even three-year-olds deserve better than this.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

That he has become a lightning rod for adult anger is, however, something of a curiosity. Until you spend some time in his world, that is.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie

It's suprisingly entertaining. A must-see for toddlers.
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